The Disney Wish Delay and Canceled Sailings: Now What?

by | Feb 7, 2022 | DCL News, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Wish

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The recent Disney Wish delay will impact those on the maiden voyage and for weeks beyond. Here’s what to do.

Those sailing on the maiden voyage of the Disney Wish likely received a notification last week to inform them of the Disney Wish delay.

On February 3, 2022, Disney Cruise Line announced that the June 9 maiden voyage of the Disney Wish would be delayed until July 14.

Since 12 sailings were impacted, it makes one wonder how Disney Cruise Line will manage the reservations of those who were already booked on those early sailings.

  • Will it bump *every* Disney Wish sailing down 12 weeks?
  • What happened to canceled reservations?
  • How many reservations were affected?

The Disney Wish Delayed Voyage

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Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Disney reports that the Disney Wish delay is because of continued construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. With COVID-19 affecting the workforce, they will need a bit more time to put the final touches on the ship. Including welding three giant ship pieces together.

Twelve voyages have been canceled while the Disney Wish gets spiffed up for launch. All of these were set to cruise the Bahamas with a variety of itineraries.

Disney Wish Canceled Sailings

  1. June 9 5-Night
  2. June 14 3-Night
  3. June 17 3- Night
  4. June 20 4-Night
  5. June 24 3-Night
  6. June 27 4-Night
  7. July 1 3-Night
  8. July 4 4-Night
  9. July 8 3-Night
  10. July 11 4-Night
  11. July 15 3-Night
  12. July 18 4-Night

If you booked one of these Disney Wish sailings, your sail date will be canceled. So how will Disney Cruise Line work out all those cancelled reservations?

A Maiden Voyage at Half the Price

Guests booked on that very first maiden voyage will still be the first guests to set foot on the Disney Wish deck … and at half the price.

For those who can work the new maiden voyage sail date into their schedules, this is a pretty great perk. A discount of that magnitude would be something I’d tell my great-grandkids about before even mentioning the Aquamouse.

⚓Maiden voyages on Disney Cruise Line typically come with commemorative perks, like special pins, lanyards, and even onboard events.

We can’t wait to see what the deck party looks like for the Disney Wish. You’ll have the excitement of “first!” along with all that anticipation built up by the delay. And for those who were booked on the maiden voyage, but can’t sail on the new July 14 date, Disney Cruise Line is offering 50% off a future cruise by Dec. 31, 2023, or a full refund.

Those who have fully paid for their cruise can expect that 50% discount to come in the form of onboard credits (did someone say Senses Spa?) or a full refund.

Disney Wish Delay Windfall

OK, so we’re all glad those lucky maiden voyage pirates in the Caribbean are getting their discount. But what about everyone else who booked a Disney Wish cruise?

If you booked one of the above cruises, Disney Cruise Line’s inconvenience could be your surprise ticket to a cheap cruise.

All guests who booked one of these Disney Wish cancellations will also get 50% off a future cruise by Dec. 31, 2023, or a full refund.

Will This Affect My Upcoming Cruise?

This is NOT a total domino effect. The maiden voyage has been delayed, but the rest of the June through July 14 dates have been canceled, not bumped down a few weeks as the maiden voyage was.

That means if you booked a Disney Wish cruise starting from the July 22, 2022 sail date, your sailing will not be impacted by the maiden voyage delay.

Disney Wish bookings were closed while the cancellation notices were worked out with current cruisers. But bookings will open again on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

Are you ready to book the Disney Wish?

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Written by Rain Blanken

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Rain Blanken is the frying pan-wielding editorial director for WDW Magazine. She is a published author who has been working in digital media for 15 years. She is a DVC Member, WDW Annual Pass holder, former Disney Vacation Planner, and would live inside Boma if they would just stop checking under the tables at night. Did you like this article? Tip Rain in tartar sauce...
Rain Blanken

Written by Rain Blanken

Rain Blanken is the frying pan-wielding editorial director for WDW Magazine. She is a published author who has been working in digital media for 15 years. She is a DVC Member, WDW Annual Pass holder, former Disney Vacation Planner, and would live inside Boma if they would just stop checking under the tables at night. Did you like this article? Tip Rain in tartar sauce...